We found 56 providers with an interest in diabetes and who accept Blue Shield HMO near Santa Ana, CA.

Dr. Francis Hongbuom Rhie, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2501 E. Chapman Avenue; Suite 202
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Francis Rhie's specialty is adult endocrinology. Dr. Rhie's clinical interests include thyroid problems, pituitary disorders, and parathyroid disease. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and Secure Horizons, as well as other insurance carriers. He obtained his medical school training at Seoul National University College of Medicine and performed his residency at Berkshire Medical Center. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Rhie is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Type 1 Diabetes, Adrenal Disorders, Parathyroid Disease, Pituitary Disorders

Dr. Yung-In Choi, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Yung-In Choi's area of specialization is adult endocrinology. He obtained his medical school training at Yonsei University College of Medicine and performed his residency at Henry Ford Hospital. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Dr. Choi accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Choi speaks Korean. He is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Metabolic Bone Disease, Osteoporosis, Hypercalcemia, Hypertension, Adrenal Disorders, Diabetes, ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew Reed Reikes, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Andrew Reikes' area of specialization is adult endocrinology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Reikes include diabetes, osteoporosis, and thyroid cancer. He is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health. He graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Reikes completed a residency program at Huntington Memorial Hospital. Dr. Reikes takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. He has received professional recognition including the following: Recipient, ARISE Award for Excellence; Recognition Award "Best Doctors of Orange County"; and Recognition Award "America's Best Doctors".

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Cancer, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Dr. Ajanta Naidu, MD, MBA
Specializes in Pediatric Endocrinology
1201 W. La Veta Avenue; Building: Choc Clinic
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Ajanta Naidu is a specialist in pediatric endocrinology. She works in Orange, CA, Irvine, CA, and Torrance, CA. Dr. Naidu (or staff) speaks Telugu, Hindi, and Punjabi. She is affiliated with UC Irvine Health, MemorialCare Health System, and Torrance Memorial Medical Center. She attended medical school at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana. Her training includes residency programs at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Nassau University Medical Center. She accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield. Dr. Naidu has received professional recognition including the following: Physician of the Year - Outpatient Clinic, Pediatrics, Miller Children's Hospital, Long Beach, CA and Dean's Scholar Award - Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Diabetes, Obesity, Growth Problems

Dr. Maruja Del Valle Diaz-Arjonilla, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
2501 E. Chapman Avenue; Suite 202
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Maruja Diaz-Arjonilla practices adult endocrinology. Clinical interests for Dr. Diaz-Arjonilla include diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. She is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Diaz-Arjonilla attended medical school at Central University of Venezuela Faculty of Medicine. She speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Diaz-Arjonilla is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Endocrine Diseases, Autoimmune Disorders

Dr. Ping H. Wang, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Ping Wang practices adult endocrinology in Irvine, CA and Orange, CA. His clinical interests include diabetes, thyroid problems, and pituitary disorders. Dr. Wang takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He studied medicine at Kaohsiung Medical University. For his residency, Dr. Wang trained at Boston VA Medical Center. Dr. Wang has received the following distinctions: America's Top Doctors (Diabetes, Thyroid Disorders), Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.; Best Doctors in America; and (Endocrinology and Metabolism). He is conversant in Taiwanese. Dr. Wang is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Adrenal Cancer, Diabetes, Pituitary Disorders, Hirsutism

Dr. Ivy-Joan Erinma Madu, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
1234 W Chapman Avenue; #205
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Ivy-Joan Madu specializes in adult endocrinology and practices in Orange, CA. She is a graduate of the University of Benin School of Medicine and the University of Lagos College of Medicine and a graduate of Albany Medical Center's residency program. These areas are among her clinical interests: diabetes, thyroid problems, and osteoporosis. Dr. Madu's average patient rating is 3.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Madu speaks Igbo. Her professional affiliations include Greater Newport Physicians (GNP), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. She is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

Specializes in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Other
1310 W. Stewart Drive; Suite 215
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Michael Tran specializes in endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism and practices in Orange, CA and Anaheim, CA. Dr. Tran (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Vietnamese. These areas are among his clinical interests: disorders of calcium metabolism, diabetes, and thyroid problems. Dr. Tran is professionally affiliated with St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. Dr. Tran studied medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine. He trained at St. Mary Medical Center, Long Beach for residency. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Priya Khanijou Shah, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
725 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 220
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Priya Shah's medical specialty is adult endocrinology. These areas are among Dr. Shah's clinical interests: diabetes, disorders of calcium metabolism, and pituitary disorders. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, as well as other insurance carriers. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Southern California (USC), Keck School of Medicine and performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). She speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP), and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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Dr. Herbert I Rettinger, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
725 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 220
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Herbert Rettinger specializes in adult endocrinology. On average, patients gave Dr. Rettinger a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: obesity, diabetes, and menopause. His professional affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medi-Cal, and more. After attending St. Louis University School of Medicine, Dr. Rettinger completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Menopause, Thyroid Problems, Metabolism, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Obesity, Cholesterol Problems

Specializes in Adult Hospital Medicine, Adult Endocrinology
11100 Warner Avenue; Suite 254
Fountain Valley, CA
 

Dr. Bachar Kurdi is an adult hospital medicine and adult endocrinology specialist in Fountain Valley, CA. His clinical interests include diabetes, obesity, and sexual dysfunction. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 3.0 stars out of 5. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kurdi takes. Before performing his residency at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Dr. Kurdi attended the University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine for medical school. In addition to English, Dr. Kurdi (or staff) speaks Arabic and Spanish.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Thyroid Problems, Weight Management, Diabetes, Obesity, Sexual Dysfunction

Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
101 The City Drive S; City Tower, Suite 400
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Artak Labadzhyan, who practices in Los Angeles, CA and Orange, CA, is a medical specialist in adult endocrinology. His clinical interests include disorders of calcium metabolism, cushing's disease, and thyroid cancer. Dr. Labadzhyan is affiliated with Cedars-Sinai. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After attending the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Labadzhyan is conversant in Armenian.

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Relevant Interests: , type 1 diabetes (juvenile diabetes)

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Dr. Alex V Vazirizand, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1010 W La Veta Avenue; Suite 610
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Alex Zand's area of specialization is general internal medicine. His average rating from his patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Zand's areas of expertise include the following: diabetes, women's health issues, and arthritis. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and Medi-Cal, in addition to other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at St. George's University School of Medicine. Dr. Zand (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish, Persian, and Hindi. Dr. Zand's professional affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Arthritis, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Kusum Mullick Ohri, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
1310 W. Stewart Drive; Suite 602
Orange, CA
 

Dr. Kusum Ohri's medical specialty is general internal medicine. She is rated 3.0 stars out of 5 by her patients. In her practice, Dr. Ohri focuses on diabetes and women's health issues. Dr. Ohri is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Her education and training includes medical school at Lady Hardinge Medical College and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Ohri (or staff) speaks Urdu, Spanish, and Hindi. Dr. Ohri's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Joseph Hospital Affiliated Physicians (SJHAP) and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Diabetes, Women's Health Issues

Dr. Stanley W Cho, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1451 Irvine Boulevard
Tustin, CA
 

Dr. Stanley Cho is a physician who specializes in family medicine. He has a special interest in diabetes, heart problems, and hypertension (high blood pressure). The average patient rating for Dr. Cho is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Cho is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more. He attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He trained at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center for his residency. Dr. Cho (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Spanish and Taiwanese. Dr. Cho is professionally affiliated with UC Irvine Health.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

All Interests: Hypertension, Heart Problems, Diabetes, High Cholesterol

Dr. Glen Scott Smith, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
2501 E. Chapman Avenue; Suite 305
Orange, CA
 

Dr. G. Smith specializes in family medicine and practices in Orange, CA. His areas of expertise include the following: warts, diabetes, and menstrual disorders. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Shield, Health Net, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Dr. Smith studied medicine at St. Louis University School of Medicine and MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. He trained at Orange County Medical Center for residency. Dr. Smith is affiliated with St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group and St. Joseph Hospital - Orange, CA.

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Relevant Interests: , diabetes

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What is Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus, or simply 'diabetes,' is a disease where levels of sugar in the blood become dangerously high. When food is eaten, the body converts it into a form of sugar called glucose that can be used by cells in the body for energy. An organ called the pancreas secretes a hormone called insulin that acts like a key, ‘unlocking’ cell walls so that glucose can be absorbed and used. When something in this process goes wrong, and glucose builds up to dangerous levels, diabetes happens.

There are a couple of different types of diabetes, depending on what is causing glucose levels to rise.

Type 1 diabetes happens when the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Usually diagnosed in childhood, this type used to be called juvenile diabetes. It affects about 5% of all diabetics. We don’t know what causes the pancreas to shut down, but it is thought that a virus might trigger an immune reaction, where the body attacks and destroys the pancreas by mistake. People who have relatives with type 1 diabetes are more likely to have it themselves.

Type 2 diabetes happens when the cell walls do not recognize the insulin produced very well, called insulin resistance. The pancreas can still produce insulin, but it is not effective at lowering blood sugar levels. This type of diabetes is strongly linked to being overweight. However, not everyone who is overweight will get type 2 diabetes, and not everyone who has type 2 diabetes is overweight. Other risk factors include age, race, and a family history of diabetes.

Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that happens in the last half of pregnancy. Women with gestational diabetes generally do not have diabetes before or after they are pregnant. The placenta produces hormones that block the action of insulin in the mother’s body. For about 18% of women, their pancreas cannot produce enough insulin to keep up with the increased demands and they become diabetic while pregnant. High blood sugar levels can be dangerous to the developing fetus, causing complications such as high birth weight, low blood sugar and jaundice, so it is important to treat gestational diabetes even if it only lasts a few weeks.

Many people currently living with diabetes do not know it yet, since mild diabetes has few or no symptoms. As blood sugar levels rise over time, symptoms begin to appear. Some include:
  • thirst
  • fatigue
  • frequent urination
  • unexplained weight loss
  • blurred vision
A simple blood test in the doctor’s office can diagnose diabetes.

Treatment depends on the type and severity of diabetes. Most people with type 1 diabetes rely on insulin injections to survive. Some people with type 2 or gestational diabetes also take insulin, or they may take oral medications or control their blood sugar with diet and exercise. It’s important for all diabetics to monitor their blood sugar daily so they can stay healthy.

If diabetes is not treated well, it can be dangerous, damaging the eyes, nerves, and kidneys, and leading to heart disease and the loss of limbs. However, if it is well managed, diabetes does not have to limit your life. Keeping diabetes under good control is the best way to enjoy a long and healthy life.
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